Gimmick Free Wellbeing Programs

When something works, everyone wants it. That’s certainly the case with wellbeing programs. The latest study shows 73 percent of employees who don’t have access to a workplace wellness program want one.

However, there’s a danger in treating your program as a tick-box exercise, bundling it with ‘other’ benefits. A successful program is crucial because workplace wellness is a $40 billion industry which shouldn’t go to waste due to inadequate programs. Plus, employee health impacts your bottom line.

But with a plethora of activities and components to include in your wellbeing program, how can you sort substance from the gimmicks? Here are four essentials to nail:

Care for physical and mental health

Majority of Australian workers believe wellbeing covers physical and mental health. That’s in line with the World Health Organisation's definition. While physical fitness is easy to look after, creating a mentally healthy workplace is vital.

Besides, just focusing on physical wellness will alienate many from participating in your program. It can also make your efforts look insincere.

Create something meaningful

Real wellness in the workplace should touch every aspect of a person’s working day. So, how happy are your people with their job? Exercise classes and healthy catering will look gimmicky if employees don’t want to turn up for work in the first place.

Find out how they’re feeling about their workload, is the role fulfiling and do they have control over their job. These factors play a part in their happiness at work.

Make it measurable

Hitting a goal is sweet, but tracking your progress can be equally rewarding. Convey your commitment to wellbeing by measuring it. One great idea is to have a porta, such as WorkScore,  that shows your company’s health as a whole. It also helps to give individuals the chance to provide insights and track their wellness to see how they’re improving.

Remember, nothing screams ‘gimmick’ more than a set-and-forget approach.

Walk the talk

Finally, people will undoubtedly turn away from your program if you don’t stand by what you say. To create a culture of wellness, leaders must role model the right behaviours. We’re not just talking about hitting the on-site gym. You should include a good work-life balance, being mindful and extending consideration for the health of those you lead.

Is it time for your wellbeing program to drop the tricks and get real? No matter what activities you decide to include in your program if you follow these steps, success is guaranteed.